And unlike the supposed "power forward" the Wings have now (cough...Franzen...cough) Frk plays will more than a little edge too based on all accounts. Really looking forward to see how his pro career develops.
It would kinda be nice to pick up some extra picks, maybe even multiple 1st/2nd rounders, and either use them all to grab a bunch of prospects in what is supposed to be a deep draft or package some up to move up higher, like into the top 5 maybe.
is time running out with Nyquist? he turns 24 this year, has played at GR for a couple of years now, several more in college, and he can't take/keep a job with the big club. Clearly babs wants bigger players playing. Which is why Cleary keeps getting time, Andersson is staying, Abby on a top line, and tatar/Nyquist are wearing out their cars driving back and forth between GR and detroit.
"Several more in college"? I think you need a reminder of what several actually means. This is only his 2nd full season of pro hockey & all he has to show for it is:
A 2 time selection to the AHL all-star game
Tied Tatar for the points lead on the team in his first season with 20 less games played
Lead the Grifs AND the AHL in scoring in his 2nd season
Lead the Grifs in points per game both years
Lead the team in PPGs both seasons
Just a sampling, but no, not running out of time. Give him another off season of working out to continue to bulk up plus a full training camp & exhibition season and he'll be on the team full time starting next season. If not for the lockout, he probably would have been a full-timer this season.
I still contend that if not for the lockout, this team would look much much different right now. Given a full training camp & pre-season, we probably would have seen at least Nyquist & Tatar up full time at the start of the season. With the compressed, shortened season, Kenny was actually pretty smart to sign some known quality veterans to plug into the lineup instead of relying on rookies. As we've seen with all of the injuries, where would the Wings be now if they had already been relying on the likes of Nyquist, Tatar, Andersson, & Lashoff before the injuries started and suddenly didn't have the same depth available in GR to keep them in the hunt for the playoffs? No need to take drastic measures, the Wings are already in the middle of a transition that will naturally accelerate come this off season.